Gloucestershire Places of Worship

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Woodside Chapel, Woolaston
Woodside Chapel,
Woodside Road,
Woolaston, Gloucestershire.


We believe the Chapel did NOT have a graveyard.

Note: any church within an urban environment may have had its graveyard closed after the Burial Act of 1853. Any new church built after that is unlikely to have had a graveyard at all.

Church History

This Place of Worship was founded in 1836, but we understand it was closed in 1959.

Old Maps as early as 1881 show this tiny (formerly) Bible Christian Chapel. By OS 1921 1:2,500 it is labelled as a United Methodist Church. Kelly's Directory of 1923 records that there were Moravian, Primitive Methodist, Baptist and United Methodists Chapels in Woolaston, though the Moravian Chapel referred to is probably that at Brockweir, in the civil parish of Hewelsfield. The Primitive Methodist Chapel is now Woolaston Methodist Church; and doubt this is the one referred to as (by then) United Methodist.

The Victoria County History series: A History of the County of Gloucester, Volume 10: Westbury and Whitstone Hundreds (1972), pp.117-118 (Woolaston - Nonconformity) records it as the first Bible Christian chapel to be built in west Gloucestershire. At the Religious Census of 1851 (HO 129/576/3/1/3) the numbers estimated to attend Divine Service on March 30 1851 were 120 to afternoon service, and 100 in the evening. There were 43 Sunday Scholars in the morning, and 45 in the afternoon. The chapel had free seating for 40, and 70 "Other" sittings. The return was completed by Thomas James, the Chapel Steward, who lived at Brookend, Newnham.

In 1859, the chapel acquired a gallery, which had been removed from St Andrew's parish church.

The chapel joined the Methodist union in 1932, and remained well attended until c.1939, but there have been no regular services since around 1959.

There may be more information available by by selecting one or more of the accompanying images on the right.


Now or formerly Bible Christian.

If more than one congregation has worshipped here, or its congregation has united with others, in most cases this will record its original dedication.


This Chapel was located at OS grid reference SO5778100473. You can see this on various mapping systems. Note all links open in a new window:


I have found many websites of use whilst compiling the information for this database. Here are some which deserve mention as being of special interest for Woolaston, and perhaps to Local History and Places of Worship as a whole.

The above links were selected and reviewed at the time I prepared the information, but please be aware their content may vary, or disappear entirely. These factors are outside my control.

Information last updated on 30 Dec 2014 at 15:01.

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This Report was created 3 Jul 2022 - 19:05:18 BST from information held in the Gloucestershire section of the Places of Worship Database. This was last updated on 13 Oct 2021 at 14:13.

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